(ORDO NEWS) — On Monday, NASA said September 27 is the earliest possible launch date for the Artemis I mission.
The launch date depends on the success of testing the fuel system of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, and whether engineers can get permission not to retest the batteries of the emergency flight system, which is used to destroy the rocket if it deviates from the specified range.
If permission is not obtained, the rocket will have to be taken back to the assembly building.
The 70-minute launch window will open on September 27 at 18:37 Moscow time. If the launch is successful, Orion will be able to complete its mission on November 5th.
The next possible launch date is October 2nd.
The purpose of the Artemis I mission is to test the SLS launch vehicle and the Orion capsule in preparation for future astronaut missions to the Moon.
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